Christ Became a Servant

John Owen, Communion with God, 213-214:

For their sakes he so humbled and emptied himself, in taking on flesh, as to become therein a servant–in the eyes of the world of no esteem nor account; and a true and real servant to the Father. For their sakes he humbled himself, and became obedient. All that he did and suffered in his life comes under this consideration; all which may be referred to these three heads:

 

(a) Fulfilling all righteousness.

(b) Enduring all manner of persecutions and hardships.

(c) Doing all manner of good to men.

 

He took on him, for their sakes, a life and course pointed to (Heb. 5:7-8)–a life of prayers, tears, fears, obedience, suffering; and all this with cheerfulness and delight, calling his employment his ‘meat and drink,’ and still professing that the law of this obedience was in his heart–that he was content to do this will of God. he that will sorely revenge the least opposition that is or shall be made to him by others, was content to undergo anything, all things, for believers.

Donne

David Edwards, a biographer, describing the poet John Donne:

Here is a man who is thoroughly human, and energetically masculine, as well as being highly intelligent, yet he cannot stop talking about religion when he is supposed to be talking about sex, anymore than he can stop talking about sex when we expect him to be pious.

Wliberforcing Right Along…

William Wilberforce doing what wilberforces do best:

I must confess equally boldly that my own solid hopes for the well-being of my country depend, not so much on her navies and armies, nor on the wisdom of her rulers, nor on the spirit of her people, as on the persuasion that she still contains many who love and obey the Gospel of Christ. I believe that their prayers may yet prevail.

Bound in conscience and in honour

I hold myself bound in conscience and in honour, not even to imagine that I have attained a proper knowledge of any one article of truth, much less to publish it, unless through the Holy Spirit I have had such a taste of it, in its spiritual sense, that I may be able, from the heart, to say with the psalmist, ‘I have believed, and therefore I have spoken.’ (John Owen, Works, X: 488)

A Prayer of Flannery’s

via the New Yorker via Peter Leithart:
If I ever do get to be a fine writer, it will not be because I am a fine writer but because God has given me credit for a few of the things He kindly wrote for me. Right at present this does not seem to be His policy. I can’t write a thing. But I’ll continue to try—that is the point. And at every dry point I will be reminded Who is doing the work when it is done & Who is not doing it at that moment. Right now I wonder if God will ever do any more writing for me. He has promised His grace; I am not so sure about the other.

Henry Beston

Need to read a book by this guy some day:

Our civilization has fallen out of touch with night. With lights, we drive the holiness and beauty of night back to the forests and the sea; the little villages, the crossroads even, will have none of it. Are modern folk, perhaps, afraid of night? Do they fear that vast serenity, the mystery of infinite space, the austerity of stars?

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